Why Carlson — Because machine control is only as good as the model

RJ Grondin & Sons contracting firm in Gorham, Maine, uses Carlson Takeoff “because machine control is only as good as the model.” Why Carlson?’ is a series featuring Carlson Software users and highlighting exactly why, with all the choices available out there, they’ve chosen Carlson software solutions for their work and how, exactly, Carlson works for […] ...

Carlson Takeoff R7 Just Released

Newly released, Carlson Takeoff R7 is a project-estimating and modeling software for site and heavy highway contractors with AutoCAD OEM engine built in. The powerful software allows users to estimate and report cut/fill quantities, do data prep for layout, create 3D models for machine control, and more. MAYSVILLE, Ky., U.S.A. (September 17, 2013)—  Newly released, Carlson Takeoff R7, […] ...
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New Programs Added in Carlson 2014

Carlson Product Line-Up Expands for 2014: Carlson GeoTech, Carlson CADnet, and Carlson Trench Add to Carlson’s ‘Bullpen’ Strength. MAYSVILLE, Kentucky, U.S.A (July 2013) – Continuing Carlson Software’s dedication to providing software products its customers want and need, the company is introducing three new modules, Carlson GeoTech, Carlson CADnet, and Carlson Trench, as part of the 2014 release. […] ...
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Calculate Volumes and Subgrades

After you’ve completed digitizing the existing and design contours you then create a boundary around the design contours. The fastest way to create a boundary is utilizing the Shrink Wrap-Entities function. Draw > Shrink-Wrap Entities> Ok This command creates a closed polyline which encloses a given set of entities. The resulting polyline is created in […] ...

Carlson SurvCE 3.0 Data Collection Software is Here!

Carlson Software Announces Newest SurvCE 3.0 Data Collection Software Update MAYSVILLE, Kentucky, U.S.A (May 2013) — At the opening session of the Carlson Software 30th Anniversary User Conference held recently in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bruce Carlson, president and founder of Carlson Software, announced that the newest version of Carlson Software’s popular data collection software – Carlson […] ...

Repave Remix: How MNDOT Used Carlson Software To Do Something Different

On Minnesota’s state highway 212, Carlson Software had a big hand in making history and also showed the importance of good preparation for any machine control project. When the state decided to execute a repaving project in 2012, Flynn Company Inc. was contracted to complete the project. They made machine control a condition of their […] ...

After the PDF Import- Scale Then Digitize

Last blog I covered  importing a PDF into Carlson Takeoff R6. This month we are scaling the image and digitizing contours. Scaling is one of the most important parts of doing a takeoff because if this is wrong it’s all wrong. So I always take a little extra time to make sure the drawing is […] ...

From the Archives: Bruce Carlson’s Keynote from 2nd User Conference

CARLSON 30TH ANNIVERSARY USER CONFERENCE, APRIL 7-10 This April, Carlson will celebrate 30 years of providing those in the surveying, civil engineering, mining, and construction fields with powerful, comprehensive, and easy-to-use software. There’s still time to sign up! Visit: www.carlsonsw.com/user-conference for more details! We’re proud of our wide range of products, and we’re celebrating with […] ...

Working with 3D Polyline Utilities

Talking about 3D Polylines Using polylines is an essential know-how when working with most CAD programs and Carlson Software is no different. Simply defined as a continuous line that joins two or more points, polylines provide the foundation in which civil engineers, land surveyors, and construction professionals create and manipulate their CAD drawings. The 3D […] ...

Takeoff Estimating Software: Using a Subgrade Material Library

Customer Question: Todd, It seems that I have to re-enter my materials every time before I edit them in the existing/design subgrade layers. It always defaults back to the defaults. Is there a way to avoid this or where is the default library located and I will save my list as that? Thank you Answer: […] ...
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